5 Things I Love About the New Apple Watch Series 5

The highly anticipated Apple Watch Series 5 dropped a few days ago and I was fortunate to be one of the first ones to get my hands on one!

The Apple Watch has completely changed my life; the way I travel, workout, communicate, etc. As an early watch enthusiast and adapter, it’s been a thrill to see the evolution of this wearable technology over the last couple of years. The watch’s seamless integration with the iPhone is without a doubt what has helped position it as a leader on the market.

There are tons of great new features on the Series 5 but here are 5 of my favourites:

Always On: This new low power consumption mode now replaces the screen going off after a few seconds. All you need is a single tap for the watch to go back to the full active screen mode. This new feature allows you to easily glance at your watch during the day to see the time, date, next meeting, etc. It also allows me to keep seeing my workout metrics without having to stop whatever activity I’m doing. It’s a great new feature that will without a doubt come in handy to everyone!

Compass: A big hardware advancement on the Series 5 is the addition of the compass. It now allows you to see the direction you’re facing on Maps and the compass app itself on your watch allows you to see your longitude and latitude. It also provides additional data on your workout summary, giving you maximum and minimum elevation as well as total elevation gain, which are incredibly useful when trail running, hiking or even cycling.

Cycle Tracker: Happy women no longer need an external app to be able to track their cycle thanks to the new Cycle Tracker that can be found on the watch. It allows you to record details about your period, symptoms, sexual activity, ovulation test results, cervical mucus quality, basal body temperature, spotting, etc., which you can then also see in greater detail on your iPhone.

Noise: Apple continues to expand its in-depth health tracking with its new Noise app, which allows you to see if the room or the environment in which you are in is too noisy. It will not only measure the noise in dBs but also let you know if it’s better for you to leave the area as it could have permanent repercussions on your hearing.

International Emergency Calling: This is a great new feature for those who travel internationally. Users with the cellular models of the Series 5 can now call emergency services, no matter where their device was originally purchased and whether or not the cellular plan has been activated. This feature also works with fall detection, allowing an emergency call to automatically be placed if the watch detects you have taken a hard fall or if you remain motionless for a minute.

All in all, the Apple Watch continues to impress me and has become an essential that I can’t live without. It does everything you would want a wearable to do without any fuss; it works quickly and efficiently and provides you with a ton of important data right on your wrist. I can only imagine what other great innovations are coming down the pipeline for this great watch series!

For more information on the Apple Watch Series 5, please go here.

*I was not compensated for this post but was gifted the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Series 4 Highlights

I recently received the new Apple Watch Series 4 and after a few weeks with the watch, I wanted to share with you a few standout highlights. I haven’t done a tech review like this in a while so hopefully this will be helpful for those thinking about potentially investing in a watch.

1) Heart Rate Monitor – Something that I’ve used quite a bit while training. The new monitor checks your heart rate throughout the day and also checks for unusually high or low heart rates as well as lets you know if something is irregular. You can also get all your heart rate information via the Health App (which you can also use for sleep, nutrition, activity, mindfulness and more!).

There’s also the new fall detection feature (the accelerometer and gyroscope detects if you’ve fallen plus if you are unresponsive for more than 60 seconds an emergency call will automatically be placed for you) and Emergency SOS feature that allows you to call 911 as well as notify your emergency contact plus send your current location and Medical ID badge for emergency personnel.

2) Updated Workout App – This comes with new workout options such as Hiking and Yoga. Having this new hiking option is a great way to keep tabs on vertical gains and how long you’ve been hiking for.

Another watch improvement is for runners; there are new pace alerts that lets you know whether you’re ahead or behind your desired pace. The cadence metrics also lets you see your steps per minute plus the rolling miles allows you to see the split for your previous mile at any point in time.

If you workout at the gym, you can easily pair your watch with compatible gym equipment, which will help sync accurately heart rate, speed and calories between the machine and your watch. The sync can be done with just a tap of the watch on the machine. (Find out more about the GymKit feature here)

It’s also easy to connect your watch to other fitness apps such as the Nike Training Club, Strava, all of which, will get you credit towards your activity rings.

Finally, the automatic workout detection helps you out if ever you’ve forgotten to start your workout app and you’ve already started to exercise, gone for a walk, etc.

Once you finish a workout, you’ll also now receive an update on your activity rings integrated right into your workout summary, which is neat.

3) Timer – The new version of the timer allows users to repeat their timer as many times as they want once the pre-determined time is up. This is a great update especially when working out because you no longer have to reset the timer, you can just easily press “repeat” on your watch and you’re ready for the next round.

4) Podcast – I love listening to podcasts via the podcast app on my watch and connecting my watch via bluetooth to my Airpods. The bigger watch face allows for greater detail on the podcast that I’m listening to. Listening to podcasts wirelessly while running or working out feels pretty amazing.

5) Watch faces – There are tons of new customizable watch faces available with the new Series 4 watch. You now have access to cool new info such as air quality, UV index, current temperature plus heart rate, music, workout, etc. You can easily customize your watch face from A to Z so you have everything you need right on your home screen and never need to go searching for it!

6) Wallet – Though I have yet to use Apple Pay via my new watch, I love having my boarding passes as well as race confirmations and event tickets directly on my watch. It’s been incredibly useful when traveling or when I don’t have my phone handy.

There are many additional features on this smartwatch but these are some of the ones that really stand out for me at the moment. I really believe the Apple Watch Series 4 to be the best all-around watch out there on the market. It’s really been a game changer for me in all aspects of my life from training to work to every day tasks.

For more info on the Apple Watch Series 4, go here.